Changes Aim to Make It Easier to Apply for Student Aid on the Web

Education Department says the elimination of paper will make the process cheaper and more efficient

The Education Department is planning a major change in the federal student-aid application form on the World-Wide Web, intended to make applying for grants and loans faster and easier.

Starting this spring, students using the department's electronic form, "FAFSA on the Web," will no longer have to mail to the department a separate signature page on paper as well. Instead, the